quinta-feira, fevereiro 26, 2004
A Reforma da PAC
Um artigo da Tech Central Station aborda a reforme da Política Agricola Comum da UE.
The need for a reform has been obvious for years, especially as the EU enlarges to the east. The system of quotas, subsidies, regimes, already somewhat creaky, was clearly going to be unaffordable once the much poorer and more agricultural former Communist countries joined the bloc. Further pressure came from the US (itself not averse to protecting and subsidizing its farming sector); Third World countries, which, justifiably, felt hard done by as they were prevented from selling their agricultural produce to the EU and were the reluctant recipients of heavily subsidized and, therefore, cheaper European goods; and public opinion within the West European countries themselves.
A good deal of the food production in Britain will have to concentrate on niche and quality produce. Farmers who are selling directly to the consumer have managed to change their production patterns to accommodate consumer demand. Many meat and dairy products are of such high quality that they can be sold anywhere in the world. There is no real reason why commodity goods should necessarily be produced in this country whether that is competitive or not. In the modern world, these can be imported at a fraction of the price that heavily subsidized domestic production costs.
All it needs is an imaginative acceptance that the world of the 1940s has gone, that technology has made many things easy and possible and we can begin dismantling the last bastion of socialism.
posted by Miguel Noronha 11:41 da manhã
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